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November 27, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Steve Sarkisian quotes

Here is some of what UW coach Steve Sarkisian said to the media after today’s 16-13 win at Cal that keeps Washington’s bowl hopes alive:
On going for it on the last play and whether there was any hesitation: “None, really. I was surprised we didn’t score on the very first sneak. So we came back with it again out of a formation that I was hopefully going to get an idea of what it would look like (on fourth down). So when we sneaked it on the second one, they were really piled in the A-gaps and the four-point stances so we knew exactly what we were going to do. We wanted to run the power play to the strong side out of the same formation but when while tucked inside.”
On the growing belief of the players: “I think it continually comes back to the fact of one, the value of defense and playing defensive football and running the ball and playing smart football. We don’t have to play desperate football here, and I think our guys are understanding that. And the mindset that you play four quarters, you truly play 60 minutes. And we are seeing the value in continually expressing that because three of our wins this year have come down literally to the last snap of the game, so our players understand that now that the game is not won or lost in the first or thrid quarter, that it’s going to come down to the last drive of the game, and that’s the way it should be when two teams fight and scratch and claw together.”
On the hurry-up element of the last play: “Well we went to an unbalanced formation, similar to the first one and we’ve just been practicing that play since training camp. It’s a first-down play for us and there’s a real timing mechanism to that, being able to spring to the line of scrimmage and snap it to the quarterback and everybody has to do their part because if one guy isn’t lined up and set it’s a penalty. So they went out and executed it beautifully.”
Senio Kelemete’s injury: “Got an ankle sprain. Kind of got stepped on the last play. I don’t know the full degree of it yet.”
On taking wraps off of Jake Locker as a runner in the last series: “We kind of talked about it. I think he did, and I did, and that was it. That was it. That was our shot, and we were going to see what happened.”
On Locker taking a big hit late: “Took a pretty good shot. It’s not like he was going to come out. He took a pretty good shot, and I’m sure he’ll be sore tomorrow. We’ll see.”
Kiel Rasp’s injury: “He took the hit but ended up getting back spasms because of the hit. It wasn’t so much a head injury or anything like that; he ended up getting back spasms. They tried to get that thing to relax a little bit, to get him back out (on the field), but they weren’t able to.
On the Apple Cup being for bowl eligibility: “You can almost answer that one for me. It’s great. I’m so happy for our seniors to have this opportunity. I’m happy for the state of Washington that this Apple Cup is really going to mean something – for both schools. It’s going to be a great day for the state. It’s going to be an exciting venue. Everybody’s going to be fired up for the game. They’ll be ready, we’ll be ready. It’ll be a fun one.”
On the defense: “They were fantastic. I thought a couple things. One, we settled down on some of their exotic runs, I’d like to call them, some of their fly plays, the reverse stuff, the different quarterbacks – with Vereen and Allen in at quarterback. We hung in there. And then the second thing, that went a little unnoticed, we played really good pass coverage. As much as you might want to say, ‘Well, they had their backup quarterback in,’ there weren’t a lot of guys open. I thought our DB’s had another nice ball game. Great interception by Quinton (Richardson), again. Fantastic play by him.”
On having Cody Bruns punt: “I was pretty nervous. I’m glad we had a little breathing room there. We were backed up, so … Did a nice job.”
On what the refs said on the Cal field goal at the end of the half: “They said there was still time left. I argued it vehemently, but they expressed to me that there was still a second left on the clock when they called timeout.”
On asking for a replay, was that an option?: “Well, potentially it was. We didn’t have a timeout, so we weren’t able to challenge it. So it was up to them to review if they wanted to or not.”
On keeping it together after Cal’s fumble return for a TD: “Well, I think it’s a tribute to our leaders, it was a tribute to our coaches for rallying the troops. Really, what helped too was getting the kick return with Jesse (Callier). I think that sparked everybody back up again and getting going again.”
On what he said at halftime: “Let’s just go play the second half with real passion. Both teams were kind of going through the motions in the first half. Let’s play with big hearts and a lot of passion and see if that’s good enough to win.”
On Erik Kohler and Colin Porter starting at guard: “Two true freshmen again, played a lot of snaps today. Weren’t perfect, but they played well when we needed them.”
On playing for overtime at home vs. road: “When we got down in there that tight — you guys are starting to get to know me now – I didn’t blink. We were going for that; that’s at home, or away.”

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